Of all the things Paris Hilton has given the world — The Simple Life, the phrase “That’s hot,” a companion for Nicole Richie — none has proved more enduring than the sudden social acceptability of a young woman carrying a little dog around all day in a very expensive handbag.
That dog was Tinkerbell, and she was a mighty Chihuahua, able to withstand the pop of paparazzi flashbulbs, the company of Young Hollywood, and the misty clouds of Paris Hilton by Paris Hilton for Women, the perfume, with equal grace.
Alas, the little dog has died at age 14. Hilton shared the news via Instagram on April 21.
“My heart is broken. I am so sad & devastated. After 14 amazing years together, my baby Tinkerbell has passed away of old age. I feel like I’ve lost a member of my family. She was such a special & incredible soul. We went through so much together. I can’t believe she’s gone. I will miss her & think about her for the rest of my life. I love you Tinky, you are a Legend & will never be forgotten. #RIPTinkerbell.”
She then unleashed a photo tribute to the dog on the site, dedicating her Instagram to Tinkerbell for the day and including many photos through the years of them together. Let’s take a look and remember one of the first celebrity dogs:
A photo posted by Paris Hilton (@parishilton) on Apr 21, 2015 at 4:15pm PDT
A photo posted by Paris Hilton (@parishilton) on Apr 21, 2015 at 6:56pm PDT
A photo posted by Paris Hilton (@parishilton) on Apr 21, 2015 at 8:12pm PDT
A video posted by Paris Hilton (@parishilton) on Apr 21, 2015 at 10:29pm PDT
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